WEIGHT LOSS AND DIABETES
We have all heard about weight gain and the possibility of developing diseases around it. On my home page Weight Loss For Women Over 50, I say “as we gain these extra pounds, instead of the weight distributing evenly throughout the body, it tends to accumulate around the abdomen. This extra weight can also lead to medical conditions including insulin resistance (increasing the risk of diabetes)”. Read below for information around weight loss and diabetes.
WHAT IF YOU HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES?
Making sure you follow your doctor’s orders is very important when you have been diagnosed with diabetes. There are also other things you can do:
1. Discuss the actions you can take with your doctor:
Getting to a healthy weight and maintaining it
– talk with your doctor to discuss your specific goal weight
– set weight goals using the S.M.A.R.T. method
– maintain your weight by eating healthy and being active
– working with your medical team, create a meal plan to follow on a daily basis
– drink water instead of juices and sodas
– working with your medical team so that you can set goals to be more active during the week
– you may want to start out with an activity slowly then work your way up in frequency and length of time
– strength training as well as yoga may work well for you
2. Know and understand what diabetes is and what you can do to manage it.
You may or may not have to take medication to control diabetes. Either way, make sure you understand dosages needed and any other pertinent information from your doctor.
3. While you are the most important member on the team of people that can help you manage, there are others that you can talk with. Consider asking help from the following:
– eye doctor
– social worker
– mental health counselor
– spiritual counselor
Learn all you can about diabetes and know your specific test results around it.
Work closely with your doctor to stay on top of your treatment plan(s) around your results and get tested accordingly.
FINAL FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
Make sure you know your numbers and talk with you doctor about them. Find out from him/her what lifestyle changes will be necessary for you to make.
What lifestyle changes have you had to make recently?
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